Too Close for Comfort: Pilot (1980)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Its premiere delayed two months by an actors' strike, Too Close for Comfort finally made its debut on November 11, 1980, with an airing of the series' pilot episode. Newspaper cartoonist Henry Rush (Ted Knight) and his wife, Muriel (Nancy Dussault), have missed their daughters, Jackie (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) and Sara (Lydia Cornell), since the girls moved out. This doesn't mean, however, that Henry is crazy over the idea of his nubile daughters moving into the newly vacant downstairs apartment in his San Francisco townhouse. Even so, the girls manage to talk Henry into agreeing to their move -- leading to an extremely nervous evening as the overprotective Henry agonizes over every imagined noise emanating from below his floor. This pilot episode is a rewrite of "Downs and Ups," the debut episode of Too Close for Comfort's British sitcom predecessor Keep It in the Family.